It’s time for another “What I Ate” post! With the new addition in our life, you may have noticed that I haven’t had the urge to post a usual day of meals. Juggling a baby, I’ve barely found the time to eat, let alone take pictures of my food! Not to mention, what I have been eating for the past several weeks hasn’t necessarily been worth sharing. Anything I can eat with just one hand has been fair game, including soups, sandwiches, pizza and brownies.
Lots of brownies, in fact.
It’s funny– when I was pregnant, I didn’t want anything to do with chocolate. Now that I’m breast feeding, all I can think about is chocolate! And sweets, in general. I’ve used “recipe development” as an excuse to taste-test batch after batch of the coconut flour brownies pictured above. We went through three pans of these in the last week! I’m pretty confident that they’re perfect now.
But I might need to make another batch, just to be sure.
Despite all of the brownie consumption, Austin and I are trying to get back into our healthy eating groove now that we’re getting the hang of caring for a baby. Hopefully these weekly posts will keep me motivated to get creative with our meals again!
Since I’m exclusively breastfeeding our son, my days blend together and seem to start very early in the morning. Around 3:30am, I’m awoken for a feeding and usually feel starving myself!
So, I rock the baby back to sleep over my shoulder while walking to the freezer to pull out an early-morning snack. For a while I was enjoying these energy balls, and this week I’m snacking on these Nutella-like fudge pieces. (Recipe to come!) There’s nothing like a dose of chocolate to quell my appetite at 3am!
When I wake up again later for work, I’ve been enjoying a green drink of some kind. Usually it’s a green smoothie, like this one, but this week I have been spoiled by having green juice delivered to my door.
I filled out the morning with a couple of hard boiled pasture-raised eggs. (Which are more portable than my usual fried eggs.)
I’ve been able to squeeze salads into my day only if I prepare ahead of time. I shred my carrots (using my trusty salad shooter), dice red peppers and tomatoes, and store the toppings in individual containers so that when I’m ready to have a salad, all I have to do is put my greens in a bowl and dump the toppings over them! My salad dressing is prepared ahead of time, as well. This week I’ve been enjoying the Basil Balsamic dressing from the Against All Grain cookbook. It’s one of my new favorite dressings!
I also had a steamed sweet potato mashed with coconut oil and salt… which I forgot to take a picture of.
Later in the afternoon, I snacked on some of these delicious kale chips from Trader Joe’s. (The perfect substitute for when you can’t make them yourself!)
I’ve been loving marinated salads for the evening, because they can be made ahead of time and just pulled out of the fridge when we’re both home from work! This one is my version of a Chinese Chicken Salad with cabbage, shredded carrots, romaine, red onion, cilantro, sliced almonds and grilled organic chicken breasts.
Later in the evening, I like to whip up a chocolate-y smoothie for dessert– and for extra energy for an evening of cluster nursing ahead. I include almond milk, almond butter, frozen bananas, raw cacao powder and ice.
Sometimes an extra brownie or a piece of freezer fudge is consumed later in the evening/early morning, too… just depends on how long I’m up in the night. I blame my lack of sleep on my crazy sweet tooth!
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